Unfortunately, due to the closure of the main West Coast line between Glasgow and Carlisle, we travelled by car. Arrival in Carlisle, meant negotiating the various lanes around the Cathedral to find a place, firstly to be dropped off, and secondly to find somewhere to park. The first was in Castle Street by the Cathedral, however the lack of (legal) parking resulted in the car being parked in Heads Lane Car Park, off West Walls.
From the drop off point, it was a short walk past the east end to the Fratry where we were rehearsing.
The Fratry was the dining room for the monastic community that used to be in Carlisle, with the kitchen below. The kitchen is still there and is used to feed visitors, now called the “Prior’s Kitchen”. Following the morning practice, most of us had lunch there.
The main entrance to the cathedral is via a door in what was the south transept. Most the nave no longer exists.
The centre line of the chancel is offset from that of the nave. It is entered via a passageway under the organ.
A feature of the chancel is the magnificent ceiling, with the featured angels.
However, in the daylight the large east window and canopied High Altar are the highlight of the building.
I was fortunate to visit the organ loft, where I got a the organist’s view of the chancel.
The afternoon rehearsals took place in the choir stalls, between which we were treated to the cathedral’s hospitality with tea and coffee served in the Prior’s Kitchen.
- Introit: Peace I leave with you – Frederick Wadeley
- Responses: Richard Shephard
- Psalm 24: Joseph Barnby in E
- Canticles: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in F (Collegium Regale) – Charles Wood
- Anthem: A song of praise – George Dyson
The service was led by The Canon Warden: The Reverend Canon Janet Kearton
Before leaving Carlisle, we decided to get a bite to eat. There was a pub close by the Heads Lane car park, The Sportsmans Inn. However even though it was Saturday evening and it was advertising food, we discovered that they were not serving food. So we walked into the centre of Carlisle and found a Weatherspoons establishment that had some empty tables. After which we had the drive back to Glasgow.